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AP-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1:30 pm, AR

January 7, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Arkansas. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Little Rock bureau at pebbles@ap.org or 800-715-7291.

Arkansas News Editor Kelly P. Kissel can be reached at kkissel@ap.org or 501-681-1269.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

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MEMBER FEATURES:

EXCHANGE-CHILDREN’S HEALTH

JONESBORO, Ark. — A recent report released by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families stated Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ensure that nearly half of the state’s children have access to health care coverage. Arkansas ranks 46th in child health, according to the annual Kids Count report. Doctors believe the problem of getting children the health care they need stems from a lack of education on why it is needed and from a lack of resources. By Sarah Morris, Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 800 words.

EXCHANGE-DONATED BICYCLES

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — This holiday season an organization called Pedal It Forward NWA gave 42 more to some of her classmates and many more to other children whose families couldn’t afford a bike. A bicycle can be a tool for exercise, mental health, transportation, bonding or just plain fun. A few passionate cyclists who believed “every kid needs a bike” started Pedal It Forward in December 2014. The organization has repaired and given away around 1,800 bikes and helmets. By Ashton Eley, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 681 words.

IN BRIEF:

OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING-ARKANSAS: Authorities in North Little Rock say a 17-year-old suspect who fired at police officers has been fatally shot

IN SPORTS:

BKC--T25-TOP 25 REWIND

RALEIGH, N.C. — No. 2 Duke’s defense isn’t a strong point nearing the midway point of the season. The Blue Devils are allowing opponents to shoot 49 percent in three Atlantic Coast Conference games, including Saturday’s loss at North Carolina State. The week also included losses by No. 4 Arizona State, No. 5 Xavier, No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 10 Kansas. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 800 words and photos.

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